Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

Last Letter!

It seems Elder Peper is too trunky to write. The letter he told me to post today reads as follows:

“See you Thursday! Love, Elder Peper”

He will finish packing up today and tomorrow and head to the mission home on Wednesday. He flies out of Oklahoma City on Thursday morning at 6:50 am. With a change of planes in Denver, he will arrive at Spokane International Airport at 9:41 am. Our family is SO excited to see him we can hardly contain ourselves.

Stay tuned, though, as we may have more pictures and information to post after his return. Thank you all for your love, interest and support.

Michelle

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December 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mission Life

Hello!

Things are going good still here. Saturday, the tempurature was almost 70, and yesterday I don’t think it got out of the 30s. Today it’s supposed to be rainy and in the 40s, so that should be awesome for soccer! I love playing soccer in the rain!

We are teaching some really cool people here. This is the perfect ward to finish a mission in. I was thinking the other day: I really don’t want to get transferred to another area, and start all over, so this is really the perfect place to finish. If all goes well, there is a lady who should get baptized this Saturday. She is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. I’m excited for all of the stuff going on here.

Let’s see…I’m really not too sure what else to say. I’m excited to see you guys…SUPER excited. Which I am scared to say, because some people around here tell missionaries how to feel . . .”You shouldn’t be excited to go home. Don’t you like being on a mission? How can you possibly want to see your family?” That doesn’t make sense…

Really though, things are going great. I really am going to miss being a missionary and the people in Oklahoma, and serving the Lord. But I’m excited to see you guys! And for snow….
See you in a bit! 🙂

Love,
Elder Peper

November 21, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment

Two More Baptisms Scheduled

Hello!

Thanks for the letter, Dad! Things are going great here in Edmond. I’m really happy to be here. We have some really cool investigators that are progressing really well. I’m excited for them! If all goes well, we should have a baptism on Nov. 26, and one on Dec. 3. I’m really excited for these people, and love to watch people’s faith grow. That’s one of the coolest things to be a part of, and is definitly something that I will miss being a part of on such a close level.

That’s really all I’ve got to say. Haha. Nothing too crazy to report. It’s really cool to see how quickly recent converts here are grabbing on to the gospel. One of them has passed the sacrament the last 2 weeks, and they are just doing awesome. Elder Callahan is a really good missionary as well, and it’s fun to be his companion.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you. Sorry it’s so short.

Love,
Elder Peper

November 14, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment

Earthquake(s)

Hi Everyone!

Well, this week has been pretty straightforward as far as teaching is concerned. We have some really cool investigators, so that’s always a plus. So, there have been 3 earthquakes in the past couple of days. The first one was like a 4.3 and the next one, I thought was an aftershock, was actaully a 5.4 in a different location, it was at about 11 PM on Saturday. That was pretty cool. People in our apartment complex were freaking out. lol. Elder Callahan and I were laughing at our neighbor. He came outside yelling, “Do you want to die!? Then get outside!” Haha. People are weird. You couldn’t make a call for a while after the earthquake because the network was jammed. The whole situation was pretty comical. There is no fear in Oklahoma as far as tornados go. People stand on their porches and tape tornadoes from 100 feet away, but the ground shakes a little bit and you’d think it was 2012. There was also a 4.0 that morning in a different spot, but the only one that I felt was the 5.4. Those three plus the earthquake near Norman last year makes 4 earthquakes since I’ve been in Oklahoma. I heard that the 5.4 cracked some buildings and “buckled a highway,” whatever that means.

Well, that’s about all of the excitment that I’ve got for you. I really don’t know what else to talk about. Our investigators are doing good, and we are constantly looking for more. The University ward is really excited about missionary work, so that’s awesome. I am loving it here in Edmond. Can’t wait to see you guys though! Love you tons!

Love,
Elder Peper

November 7, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment

Unbelievable Weather

Hey people!
How are things going with you back in Washington? Things are going fine here in Edmond. The weather has been unbelievable. I am loving that! Well, tonight is Halloween and our mission president doesn’t want us out at all, so we are just going to study and stuff at our apartment. It should be lame! 🙂

So, how is the weather there? Has it been getting chilly at all or anything? Hopefully it snows soon. The weather this year has been freaky. It was the hottest summer on record, and now it’s getting cold faster than usual. It’s bizarre, but that sounds about right for Oklahoma weather.
Well, I really don’t have anything new to report. Everything has been about the same stuff. We played some ultimate Frisbee today with the other missionaries and some members from the University Ward. That was pretty fun. The weather was just around 70, and it was sunny, so it was the perfect day. You couldn’t ask for a better one, I don’t think.
Well, that’s about all I’ve got. I wrote Madi a letter today, and I put it in the mail, hopefully it makes it to Washington 🙂
I love you all!
Love,
Elder Peper

November 1, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Photos | Leave a comment

Last Transfer!

Well, we got transfer calls last night for my LAST TRANSFER! I can’t believe it. I will be staying right here in Edmond. President Taylor told me that he would like me to stay and finish up here, which I am really excited about. Elder Callahan will be staying with me for another transfer, so by the end of it, he will have been the longest companion that I’ve had on my mission.

We had a baptism this past weekend for a really awesome guy. That was very exciting. We have another couple scheduled…one in a couple of weeks and one in December. We’ll see how they pan out. The investigators that we are teaching are doing really well. The members are really good at reaching out and fellowshipping those who are new. It is a really cool thing to see. Oh, I am not going to be District Leader this transfer either, which is kind of nice. It was good, but a bunch of extra work. They have asked Elder Goodrich to be the District Leader here in Edmond, so that will be cool. He’s an awesome guy.

Not too much else to report. The weather is getting tons better, so I am very thankful for that. In fact, it has been very awesome. It is still as random as ever, but not over 100 :). Last week he had mostly 70s. Today and tomorrow are mid 80s, and then 60s and 50s, then back up to 80s. Crazy stuff. I’m looking into classes for the U. I was thinking of taking a Digital Photography class for my fine art credit. I think that would be fun. Other than that, I think I can get the rest of my generals taken care of in a semester, I don’t know for sure though. I need 15 more credit hours of generals, it looks like.

Well, that’s all I’ve got. I’m so excited to see you guys…not too much longer either! Take care! Love you tons!

Love,
Elder Peper

October 24, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment

More Baptisms

Howdy!

So, Things are going great here in Edmond! It maybe sounds like I will stay here for my last transfer. I sure hope so. Transfers are a week from Wednesday, so I will keep you posted. Actually, from the very unreliable and leaked information I have, it sounds like we will both be staying here in Edmond. That will be cool as well.

Last week, we had a baptism. It was really awesome, and spiritual. His name is Kevin, and he is a really awesome guy. We also have a baptism coming up this Saturday, which I am super excited about!   Anyway, that’s what’s been going on in Edmond so far. Things are awesome! Love you tons! Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Peper

 

October 17, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Photos | 1 Comment

Letter to Dad

Hey Dad!

It sounds like you are really busy, but that you are doing a very good job. Glad to hear that everything is going well for you. It seems really amazing how much the Lord can organize our time for us if we are willing to do what he asks. I can’t believe you have the time for work, bishop stuff, and to go biking with Madi. That is really cool. I am glad to hear that everything is coming along nicely. You really haven’t been to Indiana since we’ve moved? You can eat Steak N’ Shake and White Castle. Haha. We have a Steak N’ Shake here in Edmond, and we go all of the time. It is pretty awesome. Everyone loves it!

 

Oh, something cool that I forgot to mention last week, is that I was able to go down to Lawton, OK on Saturday and Sunday to go to Ft. Sill. It was really awesome.  We have a church service on base there and then we split off into groups and the missionaries teach the missionary lessons to a group of soldiers there by ourselves, which is weird. I taught the 3rd lesson, so I had a smaller group, but there were 2 different first lessons with like 20 people in each group. It was pretty fun. I had a really good time. It was a good experience. Those soldiers are pretty miserable going through basic training, so I think that church is pretty much the highlight of their week.

 

Let’s see. Things are going great. We have a baptism this weekend which was slated for 2 PM, but rescheduled for 5 because the OU/Texas game is at noon, and that’s a pretty big deal here. Haha. So, we are super excited for that.

 

We had a few investigators watch conference this weekend. One of them watched it with a few friends from the ward. I asked her how she liked it and she said, “I’m speechless…I think my life has changed.” That was pretty cool to hear. So, yeah. Things are going well.

 

Take care!

 

Love,

Elder Peper

October 3, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment

This Week in Edmond

Hi!

 

Things are going quite well for me in Edmond. We did lose a really solid investigator last week, just out of the blue, too. It was kind of depressing, but not too much, because I know she will get baptized one day. It was so obvious that she knows everything is true, but I guess she couldn’t overcome opposition from her family.  Anyway, we have a bunch of really good investigators left, and I’m sure we will keep finding more. Edmond has been a really great area for us, and things are going awesome. I am greatful to be so busy all of the time. Thanks for everything that you do and all of the support from home. I love you tons!

 

Love,

Elder Peper

September 26, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment

Utes Eat BYU’s Dinner

Hey!

Things are going well in Edmond still. The weather has been a lot better. There was a day last week where the high was 64. That was so awesome. It is supposed to be in the 70s and 80s all this week, and then I think is supposed to hit 90 by next Monday. I don’t know, the weather always fluctuates here.

We are still teaching tons of really cool people, and things are going well. I really don’t have too much to say. Oh, this weekend I get to go to Ft. Sill, an Army base in Lawton, to teach the servicemen there. That should be fun, then at the end of next week is another Leadership Training Meeting for 2 days, then general conference. It will be October before I know it.

We had ward conference in Edmond 1st ward yesterday and President Taylor spoke during 2nd hour, although we didn’t get to hear him because we had to go to the University Ward’s sacrament meeting.

Elder Callahan is doing really well, and he is a very good teacher. He went to the U of U for a year before his mission, so we were both pretty happy to hear they they beat BYU 54-10. Our dinner appointment last night almost kicked us out because we brought up the game. Actually, They said they both went to BYU and we told them that we were going to the U, and they said, “We were getting along really well, until now. I think you’re going to have to leave.” Elder Callahan then said, “Well, that doesn’t change the score of the game.” Haha. There are some really cool members here.

Well, I’ve gotta go. Love you tons! See you soon!

Love,

Elder Peper

September 19, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment